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Fifteen Seniors Are Finalists in 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

All 15 Pingry semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program have advanced to become finalists. The program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Including these 15 students, 47 Pingry students have been finalists over the past five years.

Noah Bergam
Joseph Castagno
Monica Chan
Zara Jacob
Rhea Kapur
Aneesh Karuppur
Dean Koenig
Jemma Kushen
Julian Lee
Justin Li
Guanyun Liang
Helen Liu
Katherine Overdeck
Eva Schiller
Avidan Shah

To enter the 2021 program, 1.6 million juniors took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The national pool of 16,000 semifinalists included the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have had an outstanding academic record throughout high school, earned SAT scores that confirmed the earlier performance on the qualifying test, and demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities. Approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships will be awarded this spring.

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review